A lot of folks have gotten their noses really out of joint over this. On Wednesday, Al Sharpton, using the #KeepingItReal hashtag of his National Action Network livestream, asked on Twitter whether the flooding in Texas is a rebuke from God.
— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) May 27, 2015
Now, let me say up front, God bless the people who take this kind of thing seriously. The indignant pushback in social media has been tremendous. Conservative websites haven’t failed to cover it (see here and here, for example). And those who point out that a conservative Christian would be pilloried for suggesting such a thing are of course correct. Sharpton gets away with things he could never get away with as a conservative.
But I’m choosing to have a sense of humor about this one. I do kind of love that Sharpton crowdsourced this essentially unanswerable, cosmological question. With the deft touch of an Onion staff writer, he even included an 800 number, the better to gather data points. Research! I hope he publishes the results.
(I’m encouraged to be able to report that a staffer at the Austin Statesman called the number, although sadly there was no answer. At least real journalism is alive and well over there in waterlogged Texas.)
We could also have a bit of fun with the seeming word fumble of “climate control,” as opposed to “climate change,” which I assume is what Sharpton meant to say.
I suppose there is the possibility that he was referring darkly to an overuse of air conditioning in Texas – or even, perhaps, to some tinfoil-hat theory about conspiracies to “control” the climate, in a bad way.
But Sharpton has never struck me as having the kind of dense, tortuous thought processes or the elliptical streak that would take this construct and turn it into two words in a tweet. I think he just meant to say “climate change.” We can at least be certain that he blames plenty of “climate change” on Texas.
But enough frivolity. There’s a serious note to end this on.
Of course the flooding is a rebuke from God. It’s a rebuke for the Cowboys cutting loose DeMarcus Ware last year and DeMarco Murray in March. There was bound to be some supernatural wrath for such stupid moves.